Watch segment on Dr. Colina Poullard, HCDE Director of Digital Learning for the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), chat with Fox 26 News on tips for students learning from home.
Due to COVID-19, online learning for students is becoming the mainstream in education. On July 7, 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued its comprehensive guideline for a safe return to on-campus instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. The TEA stated: “Despite what will be a challenging budget year… legislative leaders are committed to fully funding in-class and remote instruction for every child…parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at any point, as the year progresses (TEA, 2020).” In addition to strains on the state budget, there is another key issue impeding online learning. Many teachers do not feel fully prepared for online learning since the traditional professional development (PD) training, unless otherwise noted, prepared teachers for face-to-face instruction, which was the expected mode of delivery (Koenig, 2020). Furthermore, teacher preparation programs and PD courses are facing the same dilemma: how to prepare teachers in an online context (Koenig, 2020)? (15-minute read)
The new normal of delivering lessons via videoconferencing tools is the very definition of 21st century learning. But getting and keeping students engaged in classroom discussion…online, is another matter.
Here at HCDE’s Teaching and Learning Center, Dr. Colina Poullard supports Harris County Schools with strategies that support teachers through trainings and workshops to assist in developing engaging virtual lessons.
Read about how a debate coach with experience guiding virtual discussions explains how to get students engaged with each other and with the course content.